I have asked my good friend Anna to do a guest post for me, to tell you the story of her two brave boys who suffer from a rare genetic disorder. We have been friends with Dave and Anna for over 20 years, and have enjoyed many fabulous summer parties at their home in Gloucestershire, and watched Archie and Isaac grow to be great boys, just another two kids in our group running riot at parties. But they need our help – over to Anna….
So just over 2 years ago after my year of walking 1300 miles I decided that walking just took too long and I needed to find an exercise which burned the calories quicker. I followed a couch to 5k program back in 2013 and was surprised and pleased to be able to build up to running in a couple of 5k races, and also did 2 triathlons that year too, which has it’s own unique challenge. Have you ever tried getting off a bike and going straight into a run ? You get a very weird wobbly leg syndrome!
Unfortunately in 2014 life took an unexpected turn with my father getting ill and passing away all in the space of 2 months. We have a strong and supportive family, but Dad was a huge part of my life, and losing him so quickly, and seeing him suffer for those 2 months, has affected me far harder than I expected. For most of last year just getting up each day and keeping going was an effort, many other things in my life were put on hold.
When we were doing lots of events in 2013 we really fancied doing a Colour Run, where you get covered in coloured powder as you run, so last year on the spur of the moment we signed up for the Northamtpon Black Light Run in March this year. It felt like it was ages away!
Fast forward to February 2015, and an email hit our in boxes with the details of the run, and lo and behold it wasn’t in late March as I thought, but the first weekend in March, giving us 4 weeks to get trained up. I was rather panicked into action, and rather than doing the nice organised couch to 5k program again, I just got my running shoes on and headed out into Salcey Forest.
I have to admit that despite not having run for so long, after one 2 mile run – walk – run session, I have been able to run 5k on each of my bi-weekly training runs since. I am very pleased with how my training is going. One thing I have noticed is that if I remember to take my Forever ARGI+ then I feel much less breahless on my run. ARGI+ is a powder you mix with water and drink before you exercise, and provides five grams of L-Arginine per serving, as well as synergistic vitamins. Running never feels easy for me, I say jokingly I am not a runner but a bouncy walker, but I feel a noticeable difference when I drink ARGI+ just before going on my run.
So now it is 10 days to go before our Black Light Run, and I can’t say I am enjoying the running, but I am getting our there and doing it, and I enjoy the feeling I get after the run. Maybe one day if I can stay motivated I might actually enjoy the running part too.
January is the month of diets and cleanses after the excesses of Christmas – but which should you choose – and if you have to do a cleanse or diet every January, then does it really work for you? I had followed this pattern for years of losing a little weight through the year but then come Christmas, New Year and two family birthdays, all in 10 days, I would still find myself in the same position needing to lose weight again each January.
So how have I turned things around and changed my life in the last year, which means I am starting 2013 already at my target weight, and I don’t have another year of frustration to look forward to? The secret is the Forever Living Clean 9 Cleansing Program.
Diet vs. Cleanse
One of the complex ways the liver deals with impurities is to increase body fat to wrap up these impurities to protect the body from their influence. Think of all those take-away meals and sweet treats you eat through the year and especially at Christmas. The problem with a traditional diet is you lose the weight, but those impurities remain so you actually have a higher percentage of impurities in your new slimline body. Your lean body mass decreases, which means your metabolic rate slows and you burn less fat. When your body senses an increased level of these impurities it goes into emergency fat production – and when you return to normal eating your weight rebounds, and quite often you end up heavier than when you started.
Kicking off your healthy eating plan with the Clean 9 Cleanse means that your body sheds the impurities during the 9 day program, which means you feel healthier overall, and with fewer impurities in your system, your body sheds the fat and increases your lean body mass. A higher lean body mass means you burn more energy even when at rest and you have a higher metabolic rate. You need to increase your exercise levels as part of the process – the advice whilst on the detox is a minimum of 20 minutes’ exercise each day.
This means that when you finish your cleanse and go back to normal (but hopefully healthier) eating patterns – or move onto the 2nd stage offered by Forever Living – the F.I.T.1 program – you don’t rebound back to your former weight but have an excellent platform to continue your weight loss and achieve your personal goals – whilst feeling healthier and having more energy.
Personally, after my hip replacement in 2007 (see my previous blog post on Looking back and Going Forward) I decided that I needed to make my hip last as long as possible by shifting my excess weight and having a more active lifestyle. I lost more than a stone during the first year (2010) with supplements and a slight increase in exercise, but gained quite a bit back over that first Christmas. So I started again in January 2011 and this time lost another stone by calorie counting and increasing my exercise levels … but from the September of that year I was stuck again. I was then getting really fed up with the constant calorie counting – and although I increased my exercise levels (and discovered Zumba) I was just stuck on a plateau. People did start to notice my weight loss though, as the exercise was changing my shape.
The change came on April 2012 when I was introduced to Forever Living and did my first Clean 9 cleanse. At last I shifted off the plateau and reduced my weight – but more importantly, I was able to move down 2 dress sizes as my figure noticeably changed shape – as I had more energy than I knew what to do with and my exercise levels rocketed. I started getting compliments wherever I went – I have to admit I feel great.
So, going forward – I don’t need to calorie count any more, but I have improved my diet generally – and I did a 2nd Clean 9 cleanse in November to build on my success. I am keeping the exercise levels up but I know if I slip back into bad habits I now have the tools to stop myself – and the usual rebound of putting the weight straight back on when you return to your normal everyday diet has not happened.
If you would like to find out more information about the Clean 9 Cleanse or the Forever F.I.T. program then please take a look at my website . You can purchase both products, or try the individual supplements and gels. Get in touch for a simple online order form which offers a discount and free delivery – full details available on request.
This is me in early 2007, on my feet for the first time after a full right hip replacement operation, so pleased to have had the pain of 20 years taken away, but looking forward to a long road to recovery.
This is me now, just 6 short years later, enjoying a night out roller skating with my family, and feeling fitter than I have ever done in my life before, full of energy and really enjoying life.
It is good to look back from time to time and see how far I have come. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis at the age of 16 months following a measles jab which seemed to trigger the disease and stopped me walking and left me in great pain. I am lucky that I don’t remember those long days in hospital, but they are still fresh in my parents’ memories. When I finally left hospital with a diagnosis, the nurses told my Mum to let them know when they needed the wheelchair – but it was something I was never allowed to have – and thanks to my parents I had a ‘normal’ childhood – went to ‘normal’ schools – and apart from a brief 2-month stay in hospital at the age of 7 for intensive physiotherapy and regular check-ups, I don’t feel like I suffered too much with my disease at all. It just left me with a stiff neck, bent left arm and painful right hip.
Health and fitness wise, 2012 has been the best year of my life. I started a challenge in January to walk 100 miles in the month, and never thought I would actually finish that first month. With the help and support of friends and family I managed that first 100, and then did the same challenge every month this year. Today I plan to walk a last 4 miles to make that 1300 miles walked this year (that is 25 miles a week for 2012). Seven years ago I could not walk for more than half an hour without crutches and would be laid low for days if I did too much. I feel liberated and freed from a body that would not work properly – and the funny thing is, the more you do the more you want to do. I go to a fantastic Zumba class twice a week if I can with the inspirational Red Zumba and absolutely love the classes. I am so pleased that my brother Nick comes along too, as it is great to share such a healthy hobby with another family member.
So what challenges can 2013 bring? Well to go along with my new-found fitness I have decided that I am really going to develop my Forever Living business this year, which goes along with the healthy eating and exercise plans, as the products I sell are fabulous for supporting my goals. The Aloe Vera drinking Gel and supplements I take have ensured my body has a rich source of nutrients, and the Clean 9 Cleanse helped me lose more weight in 2012 even though I had hit a plateau with my healthy eating and exercise plan and thought I had gone as far as I could. My cholesterol is lower than ever before, which as I have inherited high cholesterol is a real achievement, and I finally seem to have brought my iron levels up to normal levels, which really helps with energy and motivation.
So my new challenge is to see if I can start running,which at the moment seems impossible, but I thought that about walking last year – and at least I am not trying to run before I can walk! I have proved I can walk – so now can I run? I also want to share the fabulous health benefits of the Aloe Vera products – and plan to lead by example. After all if you look at those pictures at the start of my post you can’t deny that something in my life is working and going well – and I want people to look and me and say ‘” I don’t know what she is on – but I want some of it too!” To see how the Clean 9 Cleanse has helped – take a look at my other post Cleanse verses diet.